The Power of Focus – Part 2
DG Blog #39
During the time I spent studying, praying, and preparing for the day when I would go out and start my first church, I imagined the town, my congregation, the worship team I would assemble, and my role preaching and teaching—I focused my heart toward everything I would do as a pastor one day. My thoughts buzzed with creative ideas, the same as when I was a young boy—imagining forts, tree houses, and clubhouses before I collected the material to build them. I dreamed about it, visualized it, and then built it. There is creative, imaginative power in “focus.” God understood this principle when he saw the people (after the flood) building a tower to make a name for themselves. Thus he said:
Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined doing. −Genesis 11:6 (KJV)
Notice how God identifies the power in their imaginations. The original Hebrew language used for “imagined” is zamam which means to deliberately ponder, plot, pay attention to, cogitate, meditate, ruminate, mull over, and think hard about something or someone. This can be in a bad or good sense—in the case of this tower—a bad sense. To stop it, God confounded their language and broke up their united effort of rebellion against his name and honor among men. This tower was born in someone’s thoughts who continuously focused on the vision to the point of carrying out their plan.
As disciples of the Lord, we can receive a significant lesson from this principle. So I ask this question again, as I have in the last blog. Will the events of the world, the injustices of the world cheat you or rob you of your joy and from focusing your attention on the plan of God he wants to operate in your life? Can you not still zero in on, and spend time in the Word in your discipleship journey? Can you not still imagine a positive outcome in your future efforts to grow with greater clarity and intimacy in Christ? What election, what president, what congress, what Senate, what governor, what economy can keep you from rising above your circumstances in the same way Jacob did during the time of injustice his father-in-law, Laban had committed toward him? Jacob kept his eyes fixed on “seeing” a day in the future when he would return to his homeland and destiny.
How much has your focus transformed your life through what you’ve seen, heard, fixed your gaze, thoughts, and imaginations upon? If you keep the Word of God in front of you, mull over it, and meditate upon it, then you can create more than “potential” in you, your focus on the right things can propel you into immeasurable levels of maturity—despite all else that’s going on in the world and your life. Your focus on Jesus, his Word, and making disciples (other fruit bearers) will bring about a spiritual offspring of disciples (lambs and kids) with the distinct “markings” of multiplying God’s flock. This is where our spiritual wealth is. This is where our focus (fixed gaze) should be. On things eternal—directly in front of us!
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. −Deuteronomy 11:18-21
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. −2 Corinthians 4:18
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. −Hebrews 3:1-2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. −Hebrews 12:2-3
Grace and peace to you all!